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Honestly had such an incredible experience for my dogs first visit. Both the vet and the vet tech were extremely patient and knowledgeable. They took the extra time and steps to make sure my dogs and myself were comfortable and to make sure that I had a total understanding of my pet’s care. Highly recommend.

Kaydance K.

The staff at Russell Lake Animal Hospital go above and beyond to ensure your pet is receiving the best care. Dr.Rock’s love for animals is very evident and she is extremely attentive to your pet’s needs and is willing to answer your questions at any time. I would highly recommend choosing them as your vet clinic if you are in the area.


This clinic is so great! Adva and Lisamarie are really kind and patient with my pets, very easy to talk to, informative and take time to make sure I understand everything. They have a way of lowering my pets stress and being patient with them making them comfortable so the visits go smoothly. They’re also very organized and always call to check up after a vaccine or treatment, as well give me a reminder call when my dog is due for her bravecto. which I really really appreciate. I highly recommend this clinic, we moved further away and although there’s a vet closer to our new home, we continue to go to RLAH 😊

Amanda S.

Wonderful to have Dr. Helene Van Doninck at Russell Lake to care for our beloved birds! Great support staff too !!

Andy B.

The staff is so great to my boys “Bugs and Buddy”

Arlene J.

Incredible service!! So happy to have the doctors at Russell lake animal hospital take care of our baby Orange Julius.

Nicole E.

My babies love Dr B and her staff! I trust her to do what is best for them. Lisa Marie is also awesome. Thanks for the great care and service.

Claire F.

The staff here are fantastic! They provide top of the line care and TLC to all the rescue kitties at Healing Animal SCARS.

Sonya H.

I can’t say enough about the staff at Russell Lake animal hospital. They are knowledgeable and kind when it comes to our two cats, and have been so helpful in navigating a weight loss plan (that’s actually working!) for the rounder of our two cats. Highly recommend.

Megan C.

Even though our dog required extensive dental surgery the staff of Russell Lake Animal Hospital (Dr. Barkhai, Lisamarie, Melissa and everybody else involved in Milo’s care pre/during/after surgery) tended to Milo with the utmost care were and are very professional/personable with the required after care along with following up on his recovery.

Russell Lake Animal Hospital is highly recommended for your pet care needs. We hope this doesn’t sound like a commercial, but we’ve dealt with many different vets in the past and none of them has earned praise from our family and RLAH deserves it.

We live in Lakeside, but well worth the travel.

Thank you,

Milo and family.

Stacey B.

I love this clinic and the fact that they are a low-stress handling clinic. This is really important for making vet visits as stress-free and effective and positive as possible. The staff is all welcoming, helpful, understanding and incredibly knowledgeable. Monday and I will never go elsewhere as long as we live in this city! Thanks for everything you do!

Erin J.

Best Vets and staff in the city. They take care of you and your animals.

Clayton M.

Love this clinic . Dr. B. and all the staff are so kind and caring. I highly recommend this ciinic.I know my two doggies { big Rocky & little Maggie} are in good hands!

Sharon N.

Thank you to Dr. Barkai and her amazing team! From the moment I walked in I knew that my precious Lila was in good hands. Dr. Barkai was so great with Lila. Communication is second to none. She was so fast to get back to me with my concerns and questions. Highly recommended!

Erin H.

My dogs love coming here! We have been bringing them since they were puppies. I find all the staff are great. I would definitely recommend this clinic!

Lynn S.

Like most people, our dog Frank is like a family member to us and we love him so dearly. New to the Halifax area, we were determined to find Frank the best care possible. After some research and a survey of the veterinarians in the Halifax area, we decided on Russell Lake for both their excellent reputation and reasonable costs. Our visit yesterday affirmed our decision. Dr. Barkai was incredibly patient, sweet, and caring with Frank. He has never had such a positive and calm experience at a veterinarian clinic before. Her patience and compassionate disposition ensured us that his health is in the best care. We will definitely be coming back here and would recommend them for your animal’s care.

Abbie S.

This was the best experience I’ve ever had at a vet, hands down. I’m so pleased that I found them! They were incredibly patient and gentle with my timid dog and had her literally eating out of their hands in no time flat! I can’t recommend Russel Lake highly enough.

Jasmine F.

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